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He good.

Where could he improve? He's only 17 so lots of areas, but I've noticed he relies very heavily on his left foot. Developing his right would definitely be helpful, and would make him less predictable for defenders.

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I was coming back from the Sunshine Coast today, on the ferry for those who don't know that takes you back to Vancouver, and a kid, maybe 8-9 years old was there with his mom, they'd just picked him up from a summer camp it seems. He was wearing a Whitecaps cap, and they were playing a game, naming things starting with a letter of the alphabet. 

So he gets to "E" and he says "Elphonso Davies", and his mom laughs and corrects him, "that starts with an A" and of course it was a joke. 

Then it occured to me that he could have been at Camp Elphinstone up in Gibson's, so it is a pretty good word play. 

I have never in my life heard a kid make a reference like that about a Canadian player, or even an MLS player. It is totally exceptional for Canadian soccer.

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7 hours ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

I was coming back from the Sunshine Coast today, on the ferry for those who don't know that takes you back to Vancouver, and a kid, maybe 8-9 years old was there with his mom, they'd just picked him up from a summer camp it seems. He was wearing a Whitecaps cap, and they were playing a game, naming things starting with a letter of the alphabet. 

So he gets to "E" and he says "Elphonso Davies", and his mom laughs and corrects him, "that starts with an A" and of course it was a joke. 

Then it occured to me that he could have been at Camp Elphinstone up in Gibson's, so it is a pretty good word play. 

I have never in my life heard a kid make a reference like that about a Canadian player, or even an MLS player. It is totally exceptional for Canadian soccer.

Cap tie that kid!

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1 minute ago, canta15 said:

I was talking about in recent times. India qualified too, but they aren’t qualifying anytime soon

I know you know.... but the  'comment section' doesn't....  it's a point we do need to make because it does matter. 

 

 

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1 minute ago, canta15 said:

I was talking about in recent times. India qualified too, but they aren’t qualifying anytime soon

They qualified by default because all the teams in their group withdrew. Then they withdrew from participating in the Cup finals. What a shit show. That was in 1950.

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1 minute ago, jpg75 said:

They qualified by default because all the teams in their group withdrew. Then they withdrew from participating in the Cup finals. What a shit show. That was in 1950.

okok I could have got a better example it was just at the top of my head

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1 minute ago, jpg75 said:

They qualified by default because all the teams in their group withdrew. Then they withdrew from participating in the Cup finals. What a shit show. That was in 1950.

Guys, guys, stop hijacking this thread ... it's about Alphonso Davies.  Let's get it back on track ... who else is this kid eligible for?  ;)

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19 hours ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

I was coming back from the Sunshine Coast today, on the ferry for those who don't know that takes you back to Vancouver, and a kid, maybe 8-9 years old was there with his mom, they'd just picked him up from a summer camp it seems. He was wearing a Whitecaps cap, and they were playing a game, naming things starting with a letter of the alphabet. 

So he gets to "E" and he says "Elphonso Davies", and his mom laughs and corrects him, "that starts with an A" and of course it was a joke. 

Then it occured to me that he could have been at Camp Elphinstone up in Gibson's, so it is a pretty good word play. 

I have never in my life heard a kid make a reference like that about a Canadian player, or even an MLS player. It is totally exceptional for Canadian soccer.

that is pure awesome! 

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Listening to the discussion about AD on the CCL final, and they are talking about his speed.  I know Bayern will help him work on all aspects of his game, but the kind of focussed training on speed that they are talking about is something I think a bigger club will be better able to nurture.  If he is running at Mbappe speeds already, a really high end, professional training program should extract every bit of speed he is capable of.  I,proving his technique and other aspects will also be essential, but with his natural athleticism it will be great if Bayern can really maximize his pace.

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If he wasn't mainstream nationally before, this article proves that he is now: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/mobile/teen-sports-stars-helping-canada-become-major-player-in-international-sports-1.4051856

It's gonna be an exciting decade for not just soccer in our country, but for sports as a whole.

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Whitecaps posted a video of a pretty awkward media scrum with Toronto media. One person seemed convinced he's from Toronto lol. Davies handled it like a champ. Now i know why Robbo shielded him from the media wow. I think he plays tonight, Robbo playing mind games

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2 hours ago, SpursFlu said:

Whitecaps posted a video of a pretty awkward media scrum with Toronto media. One person seemed convinced he's from Toronto lol. Davies handled it like a champ. Now i know why Robbo shielded him from the media wow. I think he plays tonight, Robbo playing mind games

Is this the interview you mean?

Was the comment you mention the 'have lots of friends and family here' remark?

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28 minutes ago, Yoginess said:

Didn't his family spent a year in the GTA when they came over to Canada?

Also I took the bait... He's starting tonight.

You think? Robbo doesn't usually play games like that. He tends to be a straight shooter.  Mind you there was something in the way he answered the question that seemed a bit false. We'll now in twenty seconds!  Let's go Caps.  Let's crush those pansy sixers!

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Not a great night for AD.  Aside from one decent strike that went just wide, he was pretty ineffective.  Not sure if it is a confidence thing with him, but he does seem to have games where he is pretty quiet.  Picked an unfortunate game to have one of those performances tonight.

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31 minutes ago, dyslexic nam said:

Not a great night for AD.  Aside from one decent strike that went just wide, he was pretty ineffective.  Not sure if it is a confidence thing with him, but he does seem to have games where he is pretty quiet.  Picked an unfortunate game to have one of those performances tonight.

He's still hurt. I wish Robinson would not have risked him in this game.

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